By Jonathan Sperling
Queens Daily Eagle
After two years of calling Queens’ Citi Field home, The Meadows Music and Arts Festival will not be returning to the venue in 2018.
Organizers of the acclaimed music festival announced on various social media channels Friday that the multi-day event had been cancelled “after careful consideration” and that they would concentrate on ensuring the festival’s return in 2019.
“Our goal from day one has been to create a marquee, multi-day, fall music festival in Queens. After two great years at Citi Field, we were excited to shift our venue focus entirely to Flushing Meadows Corona Park—the location we always hoped to move to in year 3,” the organizers said in a statement. “However, after review of our application by NYC Parks, we were not able to obtain a workable multi-day permit for a 2018 festival in the park. Our sights are set on The Meadows 2019, and we look forward to working together with all city partners and agencies.”
The Meadows began in 2016 as just a two-day festival that featured artists such as Kanye West, Pusha T, J Cole, The Weeknd and The 1975, among others. By 2017, it had expanded into a three-day festival that featured an even larger lineup of premiere artists, like Jay-Z, Migos, Erykah Badu, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others.